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Enjoy Afternoons At The Aquarium, Behind The Scenes Tours, Exploring The Reef At Night And More At The Waikiki Aquarium
Date: NOVEMBER - DECEMBER
Time: see notes
2777 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
Cost: see notes
ENJOY AFTERNOONS AT THE AQUARIUM, BEHIND THE SCENES TOURS, EXPLORING THE REEF AT NIGHT AND MORE AT THE WAIKIKI AQUARIUM
This November and December, the Waikiki Aquarium is making a splash with a line-up of fun, family-friendly educational events. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon feeding the animals, explore the ocean reef at night, or bring the kids for some educational crafts.
Afternoons at the Aquarium
Wednesdays at 3 p.m.
• November 20 -- Food chain presentation & pinwheels craft
• November 27 -- Surgeonfish presentation & Feed Limu to Fish
• December 4 -- What's puzzling about Hawaiian Monk Seals?
• December 11 -- Fish art with special guest artist Anita Bradley
• December 18 -- Sea Urchin presentation & critter encounter
• December 25 -- Closed for Christmas holiday
Looking for something to do after school? The Waikiki Aquarium offers keiki a whale of a time with educational activities on the Aquarium lawn every Wednesday. Enjoy crafting a food chain pinwheel, feeding limu to fish, examining marine animals and more. Activities range from 10 to 20 minutes and are designed for ages 4 to 8, but everyone is welcome. Participation in Afternoons at the Aquarium is included in daily admission.
Behind the Scenes
Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 3 p.m.
Tuesday, December 10 at 3 p.m.
Learn what makes the Aquarium run, from fish food to quarantine, and many stops in between. Climb-up and peer into the exhibits to see how they are created and visit the Coral Farm to see where coral is propagated. Minimum age 7 years; youngsters must be accompanied by an adult. Accessibility is limited. Groups of ten or less are welcome. $12/adult, $8/child ($15/$10 for non-members).
Exploring the Reef at Night
Tuesday, December 23 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Tuesday, December 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Wade into the ocean on these wet and wild excursions, where guests search for night-active crabs, lobsters, eels and octopuses. Look for sleeping parrotfish, triggerfish and day octopus in their dens. For adventurers ages 6 years and up; youngsters much be accompanied by an adult. Participants should be comfortable in the ocean, both day and night. $15/adult, $9/child ($18/12 for non-members).
Meet the Monk Seals
Tuesdays, November 19 and December 3 and 17, at 3 p.m.
More sightings of seals around the main Hawaiian Islands have renewed interest in these amazing and endangered animals. Learn about seals in the wild: What do they eat? How deep do they dive while hunting? Do they really have fingernails? Then, move to the monk seal habitat where Aquarium Biologists will introduce you to the resident seals, Maka Onaona and Ho'ailona. Participants will assist with seal enrichment activities. Designed for participants 7 and up, but anyone interested is invited to attend. $7/person ($10/person for non-members).
Bring the whole family for a holiday-inspired animal "scavenger hunt." Can you find the peppermint angelfish or the Hawaiian turkeyfish? How about the snowflake moray eel or a hidden snowman in the exhibits? Beginning Dec. 16, families will receive a holiday-inspired scavenger hunt with admission to the Aquarium while supplies last.
ABOUT WAIKIKI AQUARIUM
Founded in 1904 and administered by the University of Hawai'i at Manoa since 1919, the Waikiki Aquarium is located on the shoreline of Waikiki Beach next to a living reef and across from Kapiolani Park. The Aquarium -- third oldest in the U.S. -- showcases more than 500 marine species, and maintains more than 3,500 marine specimens. Public exhibits, education programs and research focus on the unique aquatic life of Hawai'i and the tropical Pacific.
The Aquarium welcomes more than 320,000 visitors annually, and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except Honolulu Marathon Sunday and Christmas Day. Admission is $12 for visitors; $8 for local residents and active duty military with ID, $5 for senior citizens and juniors ages four to 12; and free for children three and under and Friends of Waikiki Aquarium (FOWA) members.
To inspire and promote understanding, appreciation
and conservation of Pacific marine life.
Founded in 1904, the Waikiki Aquarium is the second
oldest public aquarium in the United States. A part of the University of
Hawai`i at Manoa since 1919, it is located next to a living reef on the Waikiki
shoreline. Exhibits, programs, and research focus on the aquatic life of
Hawai`i and the tropical Pacific, with roughly 320,000 people visiting the
Aquarium each year. Over 3,500 organisms are on exhibit representing more than
500 species of aquatic animals and plants.
Waikiki Aquarium exhibits focus on the diversity of
aquatic, shoreline and coral reef habitats and living communities of Hawai`i and
the tropical Pacific. Among the highlights:
- Corals Are Alive! interactive exhibits
showcasing corals, their biology and conservation
- SeaVisions Theatre shows videos that
illustrate shoreline conservation and how you can be a responsible reef
- South Pacific Marine Communities features
South Pacific habitats and species, including colorful reef corals and fishes,
giant clams, groupers and snappers and intriguing partnerships such as
anemonefishes and their host sea anemones
- Hawaiian Marine Communities recreates
Hawaiian habitats from wave-swept surge zone to deep reef slopes, and from young
to ancient reefs; celebrates distinctive reef life, including the longnose
- Ocean Drifters Gallery features a
1,000-gallon moon jelly tank and a seasonally changing jelly wall that may
contain white-spotted jellies, blue blubbers, sea nettles, box jellies and
- Hunters on the Reef 35,000-gallon exhibit
is home to Hawaiian sharks and jacks; shark interpretive panels introduce shark
biology, research, conservation and safety. New Spyball camera provides up close
shark encounters in real time on a television screen
- Edge of the Reef naturalistic shoreline
exhibit offering opportunities for supervised observation and hands-on
interactions with selected marine life
- The Coral Farm exhibit and working research
facility for propagation of reef corals
- Giant Clams exhibit and working research
facility for propagation of clams
- Hawaiian Monk Seal Habitat features the
endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal found only in the Hawaiian Islands
- Aquaculture features moi, a popular food
fish, whose numbers have declined in the wild
- Coastal Gardens with native Hawaiian plants
adapted for life close to the sea
Hawaiian monk seals; ‘öhai (endemic
Hawaiian coastal plant)
Pacific giant clams; Hawaiian stream gobies; rare
deep-reef butterflyfish; bearded armorheads; masked angelfish; and diverse
native coastal plants
CONSERVATION & RESEARCH:
The Waikiki Aquarium is a working research facility,
conducting numerous conservation and research programs, including:
- Husbandry, nutrition and behavior of aquatic and marine
- Husbandry and propagation of chambered
- Spawning behavior, larval rearing, and propagation
potential of selected reef fishes
- Identification & treatment of diseases, parasite
infections and other ailments of aquarium marine life
- Coral husbandry, propagation and conservation
- Hawaiian monk seal metabolic and bacteriological
- Giant clam husbandry and propagation
- Sea jelly husbandry and propagation
- Deep reef coral research
- Coral Ark: archiving and husbandry of rare Hawaiian
The Waikiki Aquarium offers numerous education programs,
- Interpretive services: staff or volunteers enrich
the visitor experience with explanations of the exhibits, demonstrations, and
- Self-tour opportunities for individuals and
groups: interpretive graphics & exhibits, handouts are
- School Program: presentations and docent-assisted
tours for school groups, grades K - 6
- Outreach and special request presentations for
schools and community groups
- Community Enrichment Program: year-round natural
history fieldtrips, classes, and workshops for children, families, and
- Information services: staff answer questions from
visitors & community on marine and aquarium-science related
The Waikiki Aquarium affords a number of opportunities
to get involved through:
- Membership: Join the Friends of the
Waikïkï Aquarium (FOWA) to enjoy the annual benefits of free
admission, 20% discount at the Natural Selections gift shop, quarterly mailings
of our beautiful and informative magazine Kilo i’a, free salt water
pick-up, and facility rental privileges at “Family” and
“Family Plus” levels. To select the membership level right for you,
please see the Visitor Services staff or contact Events and Membership Manager
Raina Fujitani at (808) 440-9008 for more information.
- Volunteerism: When you donate your time and
curiosity to the Waikiki Aquarium, you are rewarded with diverse and challenging
opportunities to help make a difference!
– Docents provide on-site presentations and tours to elementary school
groups and provide outreach programs for school and community groups.
Interpreters at the Edge of the Reef exhibit assist visitors and provide
up-close observations of Hawaiian marine life.
Exhibits – Assist with husbandry, tank maintenance and
Selection Shop – Assist with stocking inventory and sales.
Relations/Special Events - Assist with bulk mail outs & communications
with Aquarium members, public relations surveys, record-keeping and special
The Waikiki Aquarium has received several awards for its
research and conservation efforts, including:
- 2008 Keep It Hawai`i Award
- 2003 Munson Aquatic Conservation Exhibit (M.A.C.E.) Award
from the American Zoo & Aquarium Association (AZA) for South Pacific Marine
- 2003 Edward H. Bean Award from AZA for Long Term Tropical
Pacific Coral Propagation Program
EMPLOYEES: 35 full-time, 36 part-time, 33
HOURS: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily (except
Honolulu Marathon Sunday and Christmas Day)
ADMISSION: $12 for visitors; $8 for local residents and active duty military with ID, $5 for senior citizens and juniors ages four to 12; and free for children three and under and Friends of Waikiki Aquarium (FOWA) members.
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